Author Revealed

About Barry Moser

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/15

Q. Previous occupations

A. Grease monkey, preacher, teacher.

Q. Favorite job

A. Teaching.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Baylor, a military (high) school in Tennessee, Auburn Univ., U of Chattanooga, U of Massachusetts.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bach

Q. Favorite movie

A. Too many to choose from, but: The Mission

Q. Favorite television show

A. Don't watch TV.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Busy and full of love, books and friends

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Oh, time, strength, cash, and patience. (Melville)

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Reading in bed, having watched a good film with my wife, my mastiff, my cats. Or maybe working in the studio during a snowstorm with a fire in the fireplace, Bach playing on the stereo, my mastiff asleep next to me, and one of my cats sleeping on my drawing table.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That I'll be found out.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Anguilla, West Indies.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Honore Daumier

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Morris Dees

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. They could not be published I'm afraid.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not keeping a diary when I was younger.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To either sing beautifully or to play the piano.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Illustrating the King James Bible.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I drink too much booze.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I am honest.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. An English Mastiff that lives with me.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My white beard and bald head.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Hard to pick a single one, but...Frankenstein's monster

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Again, hard to single one out...Tom Sawyer

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Martin Luther King. "Thank you, sir."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Useless words, such as "Like" and "awesome."

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Cooking.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Concert pianist.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty. Diligence. Affectionate. Generosity.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Hamburgers.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Summertime. Georgia on My Mind. Ave Maria (Schubert). Four Last Songs (R Straus). Latter Days (Over the Rhine)

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Flannery O'Connor. Jose Saramago. Mark Twain. Cormac McCarthy. Ann Patchett. Jayne Anne Phillips. Mary Ward Brown. Virginia Hamilton.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Too many to pick 5: but, The King James Bible. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Of Mice and Men. Belle Canto. Cold Mountain.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I reread a lot of poetry, especially those of Wislawa Szymborska.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Yes, a one word sentence: WORK, WORK, WORK..

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. How long does it take you to do that?